I initially had no intentions of reviewing the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller version of its big brother, the Nintendo Switch, which came out in early 2017. The main attraction of the Switch was that it was a powerful portable game system (although a little large and flimsy) that could be “switched” to your television or computer monitor. People thought it wouldn’t succeed, but it has.
So, why would Nintendo want to release a smaller version of the Switch that can’t even switch to your television set? Why would they want to release a version without detachable joy cons? Yeah, it costs $100 less, but it seemed that the $100 reduction wasn’t worth it. Then, I held it in my hands.
After using the Nintendo Switch Lite for the past four days, I am highly considering selling my regular Switch, which I never connect to anything. There are several reasons for this.
Nintendo Switch Lite Feel More Portable
Yes, it’s a given that the Lite feels more portable, but you won’t understand how much until you hold it in your hands. The Lite has a 8.2 x 3.6-inch design with a 5.5-inch screen. The turquoise model, which is being used for this review, is gorgeous and doesn’t slip out of your hands.
This feels like a real handheld that I can play powerful games on. Imagine being able to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Yoshi’s Crafted World on a device that actually fits in your pocket (but does stick out a little bit). I can take this places where I won’t take my regular Switch.
Nintendo Switch Lite Has Sharper Screen
The screen resolution on both the regular Switch and the Lite is 720p. However, 720p looks more sharp on a 5.5-inch screen when compared to a 6.2-inch one. The screen on the Lite is pretty incredible for a $200 device. Besides being sharp, the color saturation and contrast levels are near perfect.
One of the biggest issues with the regular Switch has been battery life. Nintendo just released an updated version of the Switch that adds a couple hours of juice, but most people are still stuck with making sure they have a charger wherever they go. The Switch Lite can last three to seven hours. It has usually lasted four hours for me, while the regular Switch gets a little past two.
Nintendo Switch Lite Verdict
This is a five star device! The fact that the Lite can’t output to a larger display is a bummer. But, as you’ll find out once you use the device, the Nintendo Switch Lite is meant to be played in your hands.